The new week has brought no relief from fuel protests across Europe. Truckers have blocked main routes across France in their continuing battle for state help for soaring diesel bills. The latest appearance of Operation Snail brought motorways to a crawl, but in a gesture to other road users, the drivers delayed their action until after the morning rush hour.
A short-lived period of quiet has ended in Spain, with hundreds of lorries converging on Madrid this morning, after the government’s hesitant response to fuel protests. But police refused to let them through, and corralled the trucks and drivers outside the capital.
And unions representing farmers in Belgium have threatened to bring the country to a standstill if Brussels fails to deal with rising costs. Thousands joined the latest protest march through the city, alongside truckers and public service workers, all equally unhappy with the price of diesel and the cost of living.